German war graves desecrated in France
Germany

German war graves desecrated in France

Almost 100 graves of German soldiers killed in the two world wars were desecrated overnight at a cemetery in eastern France, police said on Friday.

Keepin’ it real: Can Lena’s calculated chaos win Eurovision?
Germany

Keepin’ it real: Can Lena’s calculated chaos win Eurovision?

Hannover teenager Lena Meyer-Landrut's unpolished charm has made her Germany's most hopeful Eurovision prospect in years. But can she actually win Europe's legendary song contest? The Local talked to the experts to assess her chances.

Police arrest alleged poker heist mastermind
Germany

Police arrest alleged poker heist mastermind

Almost three months after an audacious poker heist in Berlin, where robbers made off with some €242,000, police have finally nabbed the alleged mastermind, investigators said on Friday.

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Sweden

Catholics upset by young socialists’ erect pope pic

The Catholic Church in Sweden has expressed dismay at the publication by the youth wing of the Social Democrats (SSU) of a caricature of Pope Benedict XVI sporting an erection in the presence of a child.

Coalition forced to weigh up tax hikes
Germany

Coalition forced to weigh up tax hikes

German taxpayers face extra burdens as the federal government considers tax rises to tackle the gaping budget deficits forecast in the years ahead, a media report said Friday.

Germans pay second highest electricity prices in EU
Germany

Germans pay second highest electricity prices in EU

Germans pay the second highest rates for electricity in Europe, right behind Denmark, new statistics showed on Friday.

The Ark runs tax gauntlet with music magazine
Sweden

The Ark runs tax gauntlet with music magazine

Swedish glam band The Ark's novel approach to combating music industry monetary woes by releasing its new album as a magazine freebie could have fallen foul of tax agency regulations and ultimately prove costly for the band.

Former MP Tauss sentenced for child porn
Germany

Former MP Tauss sentenced for child porn

A Karlsruhe district court handed former Social Democratic parliamentarian Jörg Tauss a 15-month suspended sentence on Friday for the possession of child pornography.

Fiancé not guilty of Linda Chen murder: court
Sweden

Fiancé not guilty of Linda Chen murder: court

Mats Alm, 35, has been found not guilty in a preliminary ruling by Falun district court of the murder of his 32-year-old fiancée Linda Chen.

Swedish film stirs Hollywood imagination
Sweden

Swedish film stirs Hollywood imagination

It’s notoriously difficult for European filmmakers to make it big in the US, particularly with non-English language films. But now Sweden’s filmmakers are echoing the successes of its authors and actors in winning over American audiences, writes Lee Martin.

‘Dr. Death’ opens shop selling human cross sections
Germany

‘Dr. Death’ opens shop selling human cross sections

Gunther von Hagens, the man behind the controversial anatomical Body Worlds exhibitions, on Friday reopened his Brandenburg plastination plant. The facility comes compete with a shop selling human and animal cross sections.

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Sweden

Swedish growth hits European big league

Sweden has exceeded analysts' economic forecasts with quarterly growth up 1.4 percent and year-on-year figures placing the country at the top of the European pile.

23-year-old convicted over car park killing
Sweden

23-year-old convicted over car park killing

A 23-year-old man has been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 22 months imprisonment in connection with the death of a 78-year-old woman who was assaulted during a parking lot dispute in southern Sweden in March.

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Sweden

Convicted serial killer sees charges dropped

A prosecutor has dropped the charges of murder against convicted serial killer Thomas Quick for the 1988 slaying of an Israeli tourist. Quick has recently retracted earlier statements in which he claimed to have killed more than twenty people.

Military cuts unavoidable, says Guttenberg
Germany

Military cuts unavoidable, says Guttenberg

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Friday suggested cutting the size of Germany’s armed forces in response to the government’s dire finances.

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Sweden

Swede charged in US over ‘scareware’ scheme

A 31-year-old Swede is among three people indicted in the United States in connection with a Ukraine-based internet fraud scheme that netted $100 million for its architects.

Brandenburg floodwaters may have peaked
Germany

Brandenburg floodwaters may have peaked

The flooding of the Oder River in Brandenburg appears to have reached its peak, though authorities said Friday they expected the high water levels would continue to pose a danger for up to five days.

Habo ‘best place to live in Sweden’
Sweden

Habo ‘best place to live in Sweden’

Habo in Västergötland in southern Sweden is the best place in Sweden to live, according to a ranking by Fokus magazine.

Hungary friendly a test for World Cup team
Germany

Hungary friendly a test for World Cup team

Germany prepare for life without captain Michael Ballack when they face Hungary in Budapest on Saturday in their penultimate World Cup warm-up.

New shock poll for Merkel’s coalition
Germany

New shock poll for Merkel’s coalition

Chancellor Angela Merkel was slapped with a new shock poll result on Friday that showed just one in five voters is happy with her government and – for the first time – a majority hankers for the old “grand coalition.”

Sweden licks wounds of Eurovision fiasco
Sweden

Sweden licks wounds of Eurovision fiasco

Sweden was dumped out of the Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday night at the semi-final stage, the first time the country has failed to qualify for the final.

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Sweden

Alliance coalition passes opposition: poll

The governing Alliance has overtaken the opposition "red-greens" in a new poll by Synovate published on Friday.